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  CSPAN    Capitol Hill Hearings    News/Business.  

    November 7, 2012
    2:00 - 6:00am EST  

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>> the scene inside mccormick
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place as president obama declares victory tonight in his hometown. he will return to the white house tomorrow. earlier in the evening, we heard from mitt romney, his concession speech from boston. these events will be posted on c-span.org. on the printer page, this is from yolanda, who says big bird and "sesame street" are safe. there is also this, about mitt romney. "you are a class act who loves america. you would have been a great president. i am sorry you did not win." share your comments with us. republicans keep the u.s. house, and democrats increase the majority in the u.s. senate. >> i am a little but a horse, so bear with me. i am very happy tonight for america and the rest of the
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world. i am a retired marine master surgeon, having retired in 1980. the divisiveness in this country -- you notice the democratic party and its audience, it is always a big picture of what america is all about. when you look at the republicans, it is a one-way street. besides being a former recruiter for the marine corps, and having had the opportunity of enlisting marine recruits to send them to be a non and see them back in body bags as the result of -- send them to the vietnam, and see them back in body bags -- that is neither here nor there. we had a candidate who was lying in his candidacy, in the beginning, middle, and end. i hope he can take newt gingrich and the rest of those people
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along with him, and find a deep hole and bury themselves. thank you very much. >> carol is joining us from virginia, republican line. good evening, carol. i guess i should start saying good morning, but go ahead, please. it has been a long night. >> yes, it has. obama got in, and i did vote for him. i think he will do a lot of things. the last four years he was there, he said it would take him more than four years to do what has been done to this country. i know he did. before he got in there, there was already unemployment was up. gas prices were up. people were losing their jobs and losing their homes. he made it possible for unemployment to get extended, and set up programs so people
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would not lose their homes. i thank god that he is in there. i hope that when he was in there the first time, he tried to work together with both parties. >> do think that will happen? that is one of the big issues people are talking about, as we deal with the so-called fiscal cliff, sequestration, and the battle, in the next congress. is essentially, nothing has changed. we have a democrat in the white house, republicans in the house, and democrats in the senate. >> before, he tried to work with both parties, the republicans and the democrats. i think the republican party did not work with him as well as the could have. if they would work with him like he was before, i think that america, and would be a good place. i think he would be able to do a lot of things he set forth to
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wanting to do in the first place. he did say it was going to take him more than four years to undo what has been done. i honestly believe that he would try and do all of this, if they would just work with him. >> thanks for the call. from the 2008 map to the 2012 map, two states moving into the republican column. but essentially, the map looks the same. the president wins with more than 300 electoral votes, compared to just over 204 mitt romney. the president also winning in the popular vote, 50% to 49%. all of the results are on our website. >> some victors are former members of congress, returning to washington after a break. let us look at one of these interesting turnouts, the fifth district of arizona. coming back to congress, 67% of
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the vote. he left the house in 2000 after a self-imposed term limits. alan grayson, the democrat, is a liberal member of congress who lost his seat two years ago. another member who is back -- and bill foster, in illinois. he defeated the republican in that race. this next race has not yet been called by the associated press, but is shaping up to be contentious. rick nolan, a democrat, in the lead against the republican. rick allen has been out of office for three years. nv's first district is the tightest. democrats, 64% of the vote. she is a one-term member of congress who lost her seat last time around, a will be returning to representation. in new hampshire is first
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district, the democrat has won that seat. she will return to congress, representing her district, the first of new hampshire. new york state, we can look at the races. the 24th district -- in that one, hit the democrat is defeating the congresswoman. 48% of the vote. finally, in texas, the 36th district, a one-term congressman from the 1990's will be back representing the 36th district. for this and more, you can go to our web site and find more information. >> one of the tweets his from the speaker of the house, john boehner, who will come back. he says this. thank you for carrying the party with strength, grace, and courage. paul ryan did win reelection in
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his wisconsin district, and will likely continue to be part of the republican leadership. we are joined from st. louis, missouri, on the independent line. >> lives have changed. first of all, since the worst person in d.c. -- that is mr. filibuster, mitch mcconnell. he just walked out on his number one goal of the last four years. maybe he will make his next number one goal a compromise budget. raise taxes a penny on the rich. that is if grover norquist, and his rich benefactors, will let him. trump down to these republican callers -- they should be ashamed and embarrassed with their own christian attitude toward obama, talking about
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where he was born, and stuff that has nothing to do with nothing. what do you think about the republican base? i think they are so big and so far right, they are never going to change. i think the republicans will become history. they are just not where most people are. my last point -- in 2006, you need to remind these callers in 2006, a republican house, a republican senate, a republican president -- pass the free-trade deal with china. we have had millions of jobs since then. under obama, we have gained 500,000 manufacturing jobs. i do not know which people watch c-span. it is hard to tell from the way some of these republicans talk. >> you are looking at the scene as it clears out in mccormick
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place, chicago. the president is spending his home in hyde park. he is back in washington tomorrow. a week from today, congress returns from a live but session. lawmakers will deal with the sequestration issue and the looming bush era tax cuts, he set to expire on december 31. mitt romney just sent out this week, saying simply, "thank you, mitt romney,." democrats line. go ahead with your comments. >> how are you doing this morning? >> fine, thank you. >> i am very excited that obama 1. i am a first-time voter. i am very young. i also got my mom out to vote for her first time. this was actually her first -- a while want to tell her happy birthday, from her daughter. obama is the president.
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obama, i definitely believe he deserves to be the president. he seems like he has the best interest for this country. >> let me jump in. why do you think he won the? what were the factors that led to his reelection? >> i think what led to his reelection was his supporters. they were out there, knocking on the doors. they were getting people that have not voted before. they would get into the community and get people who were not registered to vote. they would get us voting, to get out there and make a difference. >> thanks for the call. the white house schedule just came out. the president gets to sleep in tomorrow, in his own bed. he departs chicago in the early afternoon. he arrives in washington at just after 5:30 eastern time.
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there will be reaction from democrats and republicans. we heard from the speaker of the house and from democratic leader nancy pelosi. they are here in washington. in the coming days, will get their comments as well. republican line, you are on the air. we are going to james, joining us from savannah, georgia, the aircraft line. >> how are you doing today? i would like to first congratulate obama on winning. your last caller, your independent scholar, he said some valid points. i am so glad that everyone sees the greatness of obama. i feel there are some of things that are bad. we tend to point that out and ride it until we cannot ride anymore. i think obama understand everyone. i am a college student.
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he voted for me to go to college and have a refund, and be able to do it for myself. it is a good thing. it teaches us how to be responsible. we are the ones that are going to be here, in the next generation. we should be heard. i think that obama supporters -- his supporters are young people. they came out and talked strong. >> what is the president's mandate for a second term? what does he need to accomplish? >> i think he needs to adapt to both sides more. i do respect everyone. i understand the republicans. i understand democrats. i continue to come to an understanding of this. i guess listening to everyone more, kind of making that decision that is right for everyone. >> do you think that will happen? the thing he will compromise with republicans, and
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republicans will work with democrats? >> i think so. i want to put the storm of it as the reason why. what he did in new jersey and new york kind of set the bar. he doing this, and keep doing this. another four years, put us in that line to sit back and really be respectable to everyone. >> we will go back to ohio, republican line. what part of the state are you located index >> i am south of columbus about 30 minutes. >> what does turn out like today, or did you vote early? >> i voted today. i voted today at a very small community church. matter of fact, i was by myself. someone was walking out as i walked in. >> as a republican, what is your reaction to the results?
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>> i am unhappy. i am the republican unicorn that is going to tell you why, romney it lost. i have to agree with the lady that spoke about the republicans going so far right. i want to reclaim the republicans back, where they used to be. it started with president bush, the second bush, and the patriot act. it basically destroyed civil rights. i went crazy at that point. i just thought, what is going on with this party? i have always been a republican. now, they are going so far to the right it is ridiculous. they used to be the party of fiscal responsibility. they used to be the party of government staying out of your personal business, out of your home. now, that are wanting to tell people who they can marry, and all this other stuff.
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it is ridiculous. john boehner needs to take back the republican party. start working with the president. the come the tip o'neill of the republican party. that is what he needs to do. he needs to work with president obama. >> thank you for the call. more results in some of the key races around the country. >> some of them, we are still waiting to find out who will be declared the winner. there are three senate races that are still too close to call. the associated press still not calling a winner. senator john custer, a democrat, a considerable advantage for the montana seat, but it is not yet called. nevada, steve keller, the republican, 01% lead over the democrat. north dakota, the third, in those races. we will see the board in a
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moment. the democrats, 2% ahead of the republican. house races that have not yet been called, let us look at arizona's ninth district. the democrat is 1% ahead of the republican. we are also looking at californian congressman dan lundgren, neck in neck with the challenger. another california seat we are watching is tony strickland, a republican, 2% ahead. another california race, this one picking, two incumbents against each other because of redistricting. crutcher men and howard berman, both democrats. congressman, sherman is just ahead. congresswoman mack, it is close.
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in california, congressman ryan is 2% ahead of his democratic challenger. let us look at florida, the 18th district. representative allen west is getting a fierce challenge from a democrat, tied with 99% of precincts reporting. moving to minnesota, a republican is tied with the democratic challenger. in minnesota, let us look at representative michele bachman's race, the former presidential candidate. the republican is tied up with jim graves. north carolina's seventh district is also tied up. moving on to another seat, utah, the republican has 48% of the vote. she is not quite caught up yet
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to be a democrat. that is a closely watched race, because mia love is an african american republican woman. at the moment, she is slightly trailing the incumbent. you can follow all the races on c-span.org. >> em haqqani mac losing in florida -- and connie mack losing in florida. dustin is on the phone from idaho, republican line. we continue to look at the scene inside chicago's mccormick place. your reaction to the results? >> how are you? >> fine, thank you. >> i was a little surprised with the results. i think, from the's concession speech and president obama's
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speech, there are things lacking from our history that are kind of being left out. i feel like for the country to go forward, we need to go back to the fundamental principles the country was founded on -- religious freedom and education. i think part of the problem may be with the republican party. i think mitt romney would be a good candidate, and was a good candidate, but i think it is often hard to stand for what you truly believe, when sometimes it is unpopular. this country is a christian nation. it will be blessed and prosper as long as we follow god. i know that at the end of president obama's remarks he talked about our troops, the military, and weapons. >> dustin, we only have a minute
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or two left. what is the next challenge for the republican party, as they look at what happened today and try to figure out what to do in 2014? >> to go back to the fundamental roots of the beginning of this country, to not be afraid, to stand for what they believe, to have conviction, and to go back to the principles of integrity, honesty, not compromising the things that this country was founded upon, and making sure that god is not lost in our education. >> thanks for the call. on our twitter feed, "barack obama, a class act. the president and vice president made a marvelous team. could not the product." on the phone -- could not be prouder."
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on the phone, independent line. >> i am proud our president remains in office. it was hard. they were both good candidates, but he is definitely the winner, for obvious reasons. i would like our president, i would like our president to concentrate on not losing the limited amount of manufacturing jobs we have in connecticut. we have a helicopter plant and there are items in europe where they are building a third factory. they will be keeping the federal contract. we need to be less gracious americans and keep our work force in the united states. if they're doing federal work, the work needs to stay home and not go to other countries. >> malia and sasha earlier tonight with mom and dad, savoring a victory for obama as he is reelected with more than
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300 electoral votes. our last call comes from ted in oregon. go ahead. >> good morning. i would like to say that we have spoken before. i am the old plumber. no matter how many super pacs, how many koch brothers, the republicans will never understand that money makes day good servant but a heck of a bad master. congratulations, barack obama. thank you very much. >> this campaign, in excess of $6 billion for the presidential, senate, and house races. more than 300 electoral revolt -- the republicans maintaining the majority in the house with 224.
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you need 218 for the majority. still a number of races to be decided. keep in mind, there are 2 independents caucusing with the democrats. that will further the majority in the senate. these results will be on our web site. tomorrow morning, beginning at 7:00 a.m. eastern time, the washington -- "washington journal," reaction to the results for these elections. in case you missed it, shortly before 1:00, mitt romney conceded defeat to supporters in boston. [applause] >> thank you. thank you.
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thank you. thank you, my friends. thank you so very much. thank you. thank you. thank you. i have just called president obama to congratulate him on his victory. his supporters and his campaign also deserve congratulations. i wish all of them well, but particularly the president, the first lady, and their daughters. this is a time of great challenges for america and i pray that the president will be successful in guiding our nation. [applause] i want to thank paul ryan for all that he has done for our campaign. [applause]
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and for our country. besides my wife, ann, paul was the best choice i have ever made. [applause] we trusted his intellect, hard work, and commitment to principle and it will continue to contribute to the good of our nation. i also want to thank ann, is a love of my life. -- the love of my life. [applause] she would have been a wonderful first lady. [applause] she has been that and more to me and to our family and the many people she has touched with her compassion and her care. i thank my sons for the tireless work on behalf of the campaign and thank their wives and children for picking up the slack as their husbands and dads have spent so many weeks away
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from home. [applause] i wanted think matt rose and the dedicated campaign team he led. [applause] they have made an extraordinary effort, not just for me, but also for the country that we love. and to you here tonight and the team across the country, the volunteers, the fund-raisers, the donors, the surrogates, i do not believe that there has never been an effort in our party that can compare to what you done over these past years. thank you so very much. [applause] thanks for all the hours of work, the calls, the speeches, the appearances, the resources, and the prayers. you gave deeply from ourselves and performed magnificently. you inspired us and you have hobbled us. you have been the very best we could have imagined. the nation, as you know, is at a
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critical point. at a time like this, we cannot rely on partisanship. we have to reach across the aisle to do the work. we citizens have to arrive at the occasion. our teachers and professors, we count on you not just to teach but to inspire our children. we look to our pastors, priests, rabbis to testify of the enduring principles upon which our society is built. honesty, charity, integrity, and family. if we look to our parents. everything depends on the success of our homes. we look to job creators of all kinds. we are counting on you to invest, to hire, to step forward. we look to democrats, republicans, and government at all levels to put the people before the politics. i believe in america. i believe in the people of america.
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[applause] and i ran for office because i am concerned about america. this election is over, but our principles and door. i believe that the principles upon which this nation were founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and a new greatness. like so many of you, paul and i have left everything on the field. we have given our all to this campaign. [applause] i so wish that i had been able to fulfill your hopes, to lead the country in a different direction. the nation chose another leader.
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ann and i join with you to earnestly pray for him and this great nation. thank you and god bless america. you guys are the best. thank you so much. thank you. thanks, guys. [applause] crowd chanting: mitt! mitt! mitt! [applause]
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[applause] >> goodnight. thank you. [applause] crowd chanting: usa! usa! >> mitt romney conceding the race to president obama.
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mr. romney had 206 electoral votes compared to president obama at 303. the president there in chicago. some headlines in newspapers about president obama's reelection. in the national journal -- obama victory comes with no mandate. the wall street journal headline -- stock futures move lower as obama wins. and the big banner headline in the washington post -- obama winds. here is the president speaking to supporters at his campaign headquarters in chicago. ♪
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[applause] >> thank you. thank you so much. tonight, more than 200 years after a former colony won the right to determine its own destiny, the task of protecting
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our union moves forward. [applause] it moves forward because of you. it moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war, depression, the spirit that has lifted this country from the depths of despair to the great heights of hope, the belief that while each of us will pursue our own individual dreams, we are an american family and we rise or fall together as one nation. [applause] tonight, in this election, you, the american people, reminded us that while our road has been
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hard, while our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up. we have fought our way back. we know, in our hearts, that for the united states of america, the best is yet to come. [applause] i want to thank every american who participated in this election. [applause] whether you voted for the very first time -- [applause] or waited in line for a very long time -- [applause] by the way, we have to fix that. [laughter] [applause] whether you pounded the pavement
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or picked up the phone -- [applause] whether you held an obama sign or a romney sign, you made your voice heard. you made a difference. i just spoke with governor romney. i congratulated him and paul ryan on a hard-fought campaign. [applause] we may have battled fiercely, but it is only because we love this country deeply and we care so strongly about its future. from george to lenore to their son, mitt, the romney family has chose to given back to america for public service and that is a legacy that we honor and applauded tonight.
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in the weeks ahead, i look forward to sitting down with governor romney to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward. [applause] i want to thank my friend and partner of the last four years, america's happy warrior, the best vice-president anybody could ever hope for, joe biden. [applause] and i would not be the man i am today without the woman who agreed to marry me 20 years ago. [applause] let me say this publicly -- michelle, i have never loved you
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more. i have never been prouder to watch the rest of america fall in love with you, too, as our nation's first lady. [applause] sasha and malia, before our very eyes, you are growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful young women, just like your mom. [applause] i am so proud of you guys. but i will say that, for now, one dog is probably enough. [laughter] to the best campaign team and volunteers in the history of politics -- [applause]
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the best. the best ever. some of you were knew this time around and some of you have been at my side since the very beginning. [applause] but all of you are family. no matter what you do or where you go from here, you will carry the memory of the history we made together. you will have the lifelong appreciation of a grateful president. thank you for believing all the way. through every hill, through every valley, you lifted me up the whole way. i will always be grateful for everything that you have done and all the incredible work that
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you have put in. [applause] i know that political campaigns can sometimes seem small, even silly. that provides plenty of fodder for the cynics, who tell us that politics is nothing more than a contest of egos or the domain of special interests. if you ever get the chance to talk to folks who turned out at rallies and crowded along the rope line at a high school gym or saul folks working late at a campaign office in some tidy county far away from home, you will discover something else. you will hear the determination in the voice of a young field organizer who is working his way through college and once to make sure every child has that same opportunity. [applause]
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you will hear the pride in the voice of a volunteer who is going door-to-door because her brother was finally hired by the -- when the local auto plant added another shift. [applause] you will hear the deep patriotism in the voice of a military spouse who is working the phones light at night to make sure that no one who fights for this country ever testified for a job or a roof over their head when they come home. [applause] that is why we do this. that is what politics can be. that is why elections matter. it is not small. it is big. it is important.
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democracy in a nation of 300 million can be noisy and messy and complicated. we have our own opinions. each of us has deeply-held beliefs. when we go through tough times, when we make the decisions as a country, it necessarily stirs passions, stirs up controversy. that will not change after tonight. and it should not. these arguments we have are a mark of our liberty. we can never forget that, as we speak, people in distant nations are risking their lives just for a chance to argue about the issues that matter, the chance to cast their ballots like we did today. [applause]
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but despite all our differences, most of us share certain hopes for america's future. we want our kids to grow up in a country where they have access to the best schools and the best teachers. [applause] a country that lives up to its legacy as the global leader in technology, discovery, an innovation with all of the new jobs and businesses that follow. we want our children to live in an america that is not burdened by debt, that is not weakened by inequality, that is not threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet. [applause] we want to pass on a country that is safe and respected and admired around the world. a nation that is defended by the strongest military on earth and
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the best troops this world has ever known. [applause] but also, a country that moves with confidence the on the time of war to shape a piece that is built on freedom and dignity for every human being. we believe in a generous america, a compassionate america. a tolerant america. open to the dreams of an immigrant's daughter who studies in our schools and pledges to our flag. [applause] to the young boy on the south side of chicago who sees the light beyond the nearest street corner -- [applause] to the furniture workers child in north carolina who wants to become a doctor or a scientist,
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an engineer or an entrepreneur, a diplomat or even a president, that is the future we hope for. that is the vision we share. that is where we need to go. forward. that is where we need to go. we will disagree, sometimes fiercely, about how to get there. as it has for more than two centuries, progress will come in fits and starts. it is not always a straight line, not always a smooth path. by itself, the recognition will not and all the gridlock or solve our problems or substitute for the painstaking work of building consensus and making the difficult compromises needed to move this country forward.
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but that common bond is where we must begin. our economy is recovering. a decade of war is ending. [applause] a long campaign is now over. [applause] whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. you have made me a better president. with your stories and your struggles, i will turn to the white house more determined and inspired than ever about the work left to do. [applause] tonight, you voted for action,
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not politics as usual. [applause] you elected us to focus on your jobs, not ours. in the coming weeks and months, i am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together. reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system, freeing ourselves from foreign oil. we have got more work to do. [applause] but that does not mean your work is done. the role of citizens in our democracy does not end with your vote. america has never been about what can be done for us, it is about what it can be done by us, together, the heart and
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necessary work of self- government. that is the principle we were founded on. this country has more wealth than any nation. that is not what makes us rich. we have the most powerful military in history but that is not what makes us strong. our universities, our culture are all the envy of the world. that is not what keeps the world coming to our shores. what makes america exceptional are the bonds that hold together the most diverse nation on earth. the belief that our destiny is shared, that this country only works when we except certain obligations to one another and the future generation, the freedom for which so many americans have fought for and died for comes with responsibility as well as rights and among those are love and charity and duty and patriotism.
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that is what makes america great. [applause] i am hopeful tonight because i have seen the spirit of work in america. i have seen it in the family business whose owners would rather cut their own pay than light of their neighbors. in the workers who would rather cut back their hours than see a friend lose a job. i've seen in the soldiers who reenlist after losing a limb. in those seals who charged up it stairs in the darkness and danger because they knew there was a body behind them, watching their back. [applause] i've seen it on the shores of new jersey and new york, where leaders from every party and
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level of government have swept aside their differences to help a community rebuild from the wreckage of a terrible storm. [applause] and i saw, just the other day, in ohio, a father told the story of his 8-year-old daughter who is long battle with leukemia nearly cost their family everything. had it not been for health care reform passed just a few months before, the insurance company was about to stop paying for them. [applause] i had an opportunity to talk to the father and me this incredible daughter of his. when he spoke to the crowd,
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listening to that father story, every parent in that room had tears in their eyes. because we knew that little girl could be our own. i know that every american wants her future to be just as bright.
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>> i want to tell you what they believe. our supporters such as in missouri but they are all over from america. they may appear to you as fairly average rate of the american spirit they are not part of in the elite group or particularly self important. there are people who work hard, love their families and sacrifice for them. their people -- they are people with hopes and dreams. the kind people double hold the door for you at a restaurant are gasoline station.
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when no one is looking, they do the right thing. when a neighbor is hurting, they are there. but they never beat a drum for themselves. they are slow to anger, quick to say they are sorry a quick to forget. these people struggle with the hard knocks of life. a struggle with cancer, the loss of a job, loss of a house, loss of loved ones. they pressed on. they are the back on the -- backbone of america. they do not think of themselves as particularly special. they think the government to respect our hard earned tax dollars that it collects. in short, they love god, they love their families, and they
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love our country. [applause] of also want to tell you not only who they are but what they believe. we believe that life, liberty, and the pursuit of government happen this come from self, not from government. we also believe our creator made us want people. there is one class in this country -- american. we also believe the source of america's great strength is our faith in a loving god to allows courageous people that freedom to pursue the unique james each of them have.
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we believe the constitution is not a lease -- a list of suggestions. we believe ordinary people go to america. we believe you don't that. if you tell americans it will not worker cannot be done, you better get out of the way because we specialize in those kinds of things in america. in the face of tsunamis or earthquakes, we sent medicine and fade. failed governments resort to lies. we believe that our government owes us the truth. he also will leave it is inexcusable to betray the
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americans to terrorists in the knesset and rescue. firstgton, d.c.'s question to that what is politically expedient of what is right. in washington does not need more money, it did more kurds. they face tough challenges the -- at home and abroad but it is these types in the past that americans have looked to got in from courage to do the right thing.
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and there was a time when lincoln's advisers warned it was political suicide yet he issued the emancipation proclamation. reagan's advisers urge caution. he had the courage to demand mr. corker shop, tear down this wall. -- mr. gorbachav, tear down this wall. as long as we have the courage to stand for what is right and good, even when it is difficult to do, this republic will continue to bring hope to the world and to lead the that shining city on the hill. god bless you, god bles america. good night.
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>> thank you. you know, 18 months ago, there was a lot of political chattering class is -- glasses about the senate race in missouri. they all said it is over. it is done. it is just to read. there is no way -- it is just too red. there is no way claire mccaskill can survive. you know what happened? you proved them wrong. [applause] with a stubborn determination,
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tenacity, and the refusal to give out, we showed the country what missouri is made of. i have some and a blessing from god, i cannot begin to name them all but have to start with the people on the stage. this summer children, my stepchildren, my siblings, their spouses, my husband. they are my rock, my foundation, they are there for me and he put up with a lot. there is one person missing on
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the stage tonight and i have to tell you, mom, this one's for you. [applause] and the reason i know this one is for my mom is because i actually believe and all the votes are counted, something extraordinary will have happened. you need to understand this race was called before any of the votes from st. louis city, st. louis county. guess what, mom, i think we finally won greuel missouri. i also have to thank this
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amazing stat i worked on this campaign. we have in going call on for two years. this is such a team. every part of this campaign in intellect, a great strategy, a work ethic that i am in all of, a sense of togetherness -- there were no egos, just a focus on what we had to eget done. i cannot name day and all -- name them all but i have to give shout out to cory, my campaign manager, who did a great job. let's get to the meat of the bone. that would be you. all of the. -- all of you.
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you decided you wanted nothing more complicated than your government to reflect your values. i stand in all of your passion in your commitment and your patriotism and your determination that you're going to have a voice in the united states senate that made you proud. i also stand here in acknowledgment of the fact that i did not get every vote today. there were hundreds of how thousands of votes cast for congressmen todd aiken. he graciously called me and congratulated me. i recognize his years of public service and patriotism.
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but all the people that i, the votes i did i get today, here is my message to them -- i go to washington first as the missourian. i will continue to be a senator networks across the aisle in a bipartisan way to find the compromise to solve problems for every missouri family, not just the families of those that voted for me. along the way, i have the incredible honor of meeting people that are perfect strangers that treated me like long-lost friends. there is nothing that makes me prouder than complete strangers
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walking up to me, grabbing my hand, and giving me a word of encouragement. whether it was the elderly woman at the airports that wrapped my hands and said i am going to ight hard for you, or the minutemen who shouted me as i walked through the lobby, -- or the janitor who shouted at me as i walked through the lobby, back.d, we got your i will fight for them with everything i've got. this was an extraordinary campaign for so many reasons. the results are astounding. i want all of you to own its,
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you deserve it, you did it, god bless you and thank you. six more years. thank you.
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>> a look at some of the congressman who lost their reelection bids. roscoe bartlett lost after redistricting changes. frank guinta and charless bass both lost. in southwestern pennsylvania, mark ritz lost the seat. in the 23rd district of texas, freshman republican francisco canseco with the elected to a
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second term. after seven terms in the house of representatives, tammy baldwinhas been elected to the senate. the first openly gay center. -- senator. she defeated tommy thompson for the open seat letter by the retirement of herb cole. the wisconsin senate race was one of the highest at $40 million. tommy thompson conceded the race from milwaukee, wisconsin. crowd: tammy, tammy! >> thank you. wow. thank you.
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thank you. thank you, everybody. tonight we have won a huge victory for wisconsin's middle class. [applause] it is that battle for wisconsin's middle-class that has been what this has been about since this journey began 14 months ago.
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everywhere i have gone in our beautiful, people have told me they want a senator who will listen to the middle class when they need help. a. senator who will stand on this side of the middle-class. a senator who will wake up every morning and fight for the middle-class. they have told me that they once an economy in which everyone plays by the same rules and everyone does their fair share. they have told me it they want a level playing field, one where china cannot cheat our workers and millionaires cannot judge --
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fudge taxes and wall street cannot touch our economy with risky gambling. they have told me they want to pay down our debt without shortchanging our future. they have told me they want to be able to rely on the guarantee of medicare and social security, not just today, but for future generations. most of all, they have told me the special interests have too much power in washington and it is time for the people's voice to be heard.
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well, the people's voice was heard tonight, wisconsin. come january, your voice will be heard into the united states senate. crowd: tammy, tammy! i am honored and humbled and graceful. i am ready to get to work.
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ready to stand with president barack obama. [applause] and a ready to fight for middle class. i am well aware that i will have the honor to be wisconsin's first woman senator. [applause]
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and i am well aware that i will be the first openly gay member. [applause] crowd: tammy, tammy, tammy! but, i didn't run to make history. i ran to make a difference. in deference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills-- a difference
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in the lives a family struggling to find work and pay the bills, a difference in the lives of students struggling to pay student debt. and stu and seniors word about their retirement securities. a difference in the lives of veterans who fought for us indeed someone fighting for them and their families. -- and need someone fighting for them and their families. a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs try to build a business and working people try to build some economic security. but in choosing me to tackle those challenges, the people of wisconsin have made history.
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and i cannot tell you how grateful i am for the trust the day you placed in me and all i can do it -- that you placed in me and all i can do is work hard to keep that trust.i know that many of the people listening to the speech tonight may not have voted for me but i want you to know that i can stand up for you and ask you to work with me to move hours before. -- move our state forward. here is the promise i want to make you -- i will be a senator for all of wisconsin.
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our state has had some incredible leaders from both political parties and all across the ideologue's will spectrum. spectrum.icval when herb first event for the u.s. senate, has lobo was nobody's senator but yours. over the course of this service, that slogan became the title. when he has earned every day as he has served the state of wisconsin. i am so grateful to have had his support to out his campaign and humble to carry his deep commitment to public service,
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e. i also want to thank tommy thompson for his life and the public service. before i do, i will like you to indulge me in and a cosmic on a very personal level. i just got off the phone with him. was there record low -- he was very cordial and congratulated me and wished me well and all of us well. i want to tell you a quick story about tommy thompson on a very personal level. i still remember the first time i ever met tommy. i was 30 years old and a freshman member of the wisconsin assembly. he was greeting new members of
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the legislature at the governor's mansion. we did not talk politics. i explained to the governor that daughter anddwin's an ever met him before my father passed away. tommy's face lit up. he had known my father in college and would delight in sharing some small remembrancer every time i saw him. and that meant the world to me. tommy and i did not always agree. [laughter] in fact, in this campaign, we did not agree on much but there is no doubt he shares my love for all of wisconsin. tonight i want to reach out to his supporters and ask them to join me in standing up for our
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belief that we are all in this together. make no mistake, i am a proud was caught some progressive. -- wisconsin progressive. which means i believe in holding the powerful accountable, i believe within the fair play and i believe that when people are struggling, you did not talk down to them. you helped lift them up. and i believe in wisconsin's workers and a work ethic and will fight for every day.
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i also believe that we can only move forward if we move forward together. this has been an incredible journey, one that has shumlin the best our state has to offer. i have watched wisconsin workers put that made in america label on boots for our soldiers, on ships made and engines made. i have met with potato farmers in clover and it the best cream puffs in the world at the state fair -- and ate the best cream puffs in the world at the state fair. i am grateful to so many people
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tonight. i want to thank the people of the second congressional district for giving me the honor of serving you for the last 14 years. i want to congratulate mark who did a terrific drop -- job . it has been a privilege to serve the the house of representatives. i had a hard working, a dedicated team of congressional staff into incredible work in my name but on your behalf. led of my dear friend and chief
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and staff, i want to recognize these amazing people. i'm grateful for all the elected officials and public servants used it with me throughout this campaign to rid in particular, i want to single out gwen moore. who famuosly reminds me when she sees me, i was for you before you were for you. i also want to thank russ for campaigning with me and on my behalf for the last 14 months. i have never been a part of a campaign organization as amazing as this one.
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and i want to thank my friend and campaign manager, karen joe hansen. for help me build this team of determined, inspirational, an incredible staff, supporters, volunteers, it has been incredible. i am grateful for the campaign. [applause] you have all heard a lot about my grandparents who raised me and especially my grandmother. she was born in 1906 before women have the right to vote. and got to live to see her granddaughter elected to the
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house of representatives. [applause] i know she would be proud tonight. i am happy and so fortunate to have within my mother, pam. [applause] now, a man of all the things i can tell you about her - among all the things i can tell you about her, she had the prophetic wisdom to name me tammy. how could she know there would be headlines reading tammy vs tommy? i am also joined by my aunt and
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uncle. ly i want to thank my fami for their love, support, and encouragement. to that it is a long journey comes to an end. -- tonight, a longer journey comes to an end. whether you voted for me are not, whether tonight you're celebrating victory or dealing with a defeat, i hope that when we wake up tomorrow morning, we are ready to work. ready to fight. ready to gfight for our middle-
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class, ready to keep our promise to our seniors, ready to have a level playing field for our workers, already to make sure everyone has a fair shot. ready to make our country stronger, more prosperous, and more equal. ready to do what wisconsin people have done for generations, stand together and move forward. thank you. [applause]
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>> i want to thank governor walker. and his lovely wife who was just standing right there. [applause] thank you. with a gracious couple. -- what a gracious capital. yesterday the governor and i flew all over the state of wisconsin, meeting with businesses and talking to people. i just want to say thank you. [applause] i also want to thank jb van
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hollen, an outstanding attorney-general. a class act and i could not be happier to have him as my friend. he and another griffin and mike agreed to be the co-chairman of this campaign -- and another friend of mine agreed to be the co-chairman of the campaign. i let them down but i thank you jb and james so very much. [applause] i also want to thank my family.
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i have never campaigned harder. that is what do thank sue ann. -- i just want to thank sue ann. [applause] my three children and their spouses.
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i thank them and joe who drove the semi truck all over his state with his wife. my very good friend don and roxanne who gave me a chance to help build a business with him. very happy my sister is here from california ander fiancee. -- and her fiancee. arthur and chad, thank you. the governor's brother who was in an ad with me, i thank him
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and his family. i just love all of it. i love all -- all of you. i love you all. i also wanted thank my campaign. but the wonderful group of people. -- what a wonderful group of people. [list names]
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and everybody else the worked so hard and did so much. [applause] iran, ladies and gentleman -- i ran, ladies and gentleman, because i love this country and that love this state. the belief -- i believe so much the fact that we're so fortunate to be americans and to have the opportunity to have the liberty and freedom, the opportunity to do what ever we want to do. that is pretty impressive. the have an opportunity to choose our leaders. we did not always agree.
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but i congratulate the president tonight although i did not support him. he is -- he said president. -- he set precedent. hopefully he will lead our country in a better direction. i thank our new senator. i called her and congratulate turnberry was not my first choice. -- congratulated her. was not my first race but she is our center and i wish her well. i congratulate her. and coaches a will to do a great job for the state of wisconsin. -- and hope she will do a great job for the state of wisconsin. i have run because they for wisconsin is something special. heaven the opportunities --
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having the opportunity to work with governor walker and the republican that won tonight, to build wisconsin which i have had the opportunity to do from the state legislature to governor, it is an awesome thing to be governor of this fantastic day. -- state. i wanted to serve wisconsin, served its people again and build wisconsin and this country. very worried that my three children and grandchildren -- because they want to make sure
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that our children and grandchildren are going to be able to inherit a country that a stronger and safer, with more opportunities than what we have. i thought i was slipping away and i wanted so much to help lead back america. to build america for future generations. that is why i ran. i did not need the job and i guess i am not going to get it. [laughter] and i do not need anything more razak because -- on my resume because i already accomplished more than anytbody thought i
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could. [laughter] i ran for the right reasons because i care so much, just like you, can you imagine the number of people out here attended night? you're here because you believe, just like i do, so much in our country and what it has to offer. that is why i fought so large -- so hard and so many of you did so much. john martin, my friend from
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chicago who came here to volunteer, dr. anderson came over from sweden to spend the week campaigning. brian, you were great. thank you very much. i am black going to go away. -- i am not going to go away. [applause]
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i am not going to run again but i certainly am going to be supporting people to do the right things for the right reasons, to build wisconsin and build america. i just want to finish up, ladies and gentlemen, by telling you you are wonderful people. my father always told me, you are lucky to have five good friends you can really count on. and will go to bat for you. i look at this crowd and my father was wrong. i have thousands of friends. [applause] crowd: tommy, tommy!
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thank you, thank you. just know that we fought the good fight. we came up short but that does not mean we should keep fighting for our principles, our ideals, and our beliefs. we have -- [applause] we have a state to build behind scott walker and jb and senator johnson and our congressman who won reelection to light. we have a country to be able to chart a new direction to rid the have to continue that fight --
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new direction. we have to continue that fight because this country has been so good to all of us. if you are really honest with yourself, none of us could have been wary are tonight and none of us could accomplish what we have so far if you were born in any other country. america is something very, very special. we have to do everything we can to do what is necessary to get this economy going, getting the jobs created, and making america as strong as good as it possibly can be. that is why, ladies and gentlemen, tonight, it is tough, it is hard, but it is what a democracy is all about yo. we get in a democracy to choose
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our leaders. most leaders now have been chosen and now it is our responsibility to get behind them and point them in the right direction. but also, do not forget our conservative principles as republicans. we have a great party and with governor walker, jb, and paul ryan, what a class act. [applause] we have the nucleus. to go on and really make a difference.
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and that is what all of us hope to do and that is what we have to aspire to do. so ladies and gentlemen, it is my last time but i want to give you the irish prayer. [applause] made the road always rise to meet you and me the wind be always at your backs, may the sun shower upon your forehead and the rains fall soft upon your fields. until we meet again, may god hold you in the palm of his hand. od loves you, god loves wisconsin and god was the united states of america. -- loves the united states of america.
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>> new house members elected last night. in massachusetts, joseph kennedy, grandson of rfk. hudson beat kissel. for more palm beach mayor lois frankel was elected in the 22nd district of florida. in illinois, duckworth repeated joe walsh. -- defeated joe walsh. we will have your reaction to the election this morning. "washington journal" kiss your comments, e-mails -- takes your
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comments, emails and tweets. eleanor of "newsweek" magazine. democrats kept control of the senate and picked up a seat at the massachusetts were elizabeth warren, the harvard law professor and consumer advocate, defeated senator scott brown. the senate race in massachusetts was one of the most expensive at the the the country, $68 million spent there even though both candidates agreed to borrow outside spending. we will hear first from scott brown then elizabeth warren. >> what a wonderful out. take a very much. -- wonderful crowd.
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thank you very much. thank you. it is wonderful to be out here. please, i do not want to see any sad faces. we ran a fantastic campaign. you and i have waged a great campaign and i could not have asked for better allies and friends to see us through this battle we stood strong in the fight and we stand strong now, even in disappointment. so take a very much.
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you have no business in politics and this respect the judgment of people and if you run for office, you have to be able to take it either way. i accepted the decision of the voters and i have already offered my sincerest congratulations to senator alleged warren. listen, she won is fair and square and has received the high honor. may she bring that senate office rate -- great credit, just as i set out to do nearly three years ago.
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i said in the very beginning back in january that win or lose, we would run a race that we would all be proud of. and i am very proud of each and every one of you. [applause] as you know, it has been two statewide campaigns in three years. both times, we dared to battle and we were not afraid of defeat. we started in late 2009 with a truck, a stack of yard signs and a roomful of france. we took that to the united states senate and i am very thankful for that. it has absolutely been a wonderful ride and i want to take for the honor of being your united states senator. [applause]
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know what the most difficult part of this is? i now have to break the news to my truck that i will be taking it home. [laughter] you guys are all fired up tonight. this is great. [applause] thank you, alright. what matters even more is what we achieved. -- i kept my promise to you. i kept my promise to you to be that independent voice from massachusetts and i have never ever, ever regretted any decision that i made for you. you all sent to washington to be my own man and i will be
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returning my own man and for that i am very proud. thank you for that opportunity. right now, i want to reach out to the young people that may be watching or listening and those who have maybe fountain that -- found an especially difficult time in their life, and difficult station in their life, and those face without or uncertainty. we live in the greatest country in the world and i am so thankful for the opportunity. when it seems that nothing is possible and the odds are stacked against you, let me tell you, i can speak from experience, anything is possible.
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there are no obstacles you cannot overcome. defeat is only temporary. [applause] crowd: go, scott, go! you guys are great. when i took up this cause, i knew the work was bigger and harder than anything i could do on my own. anything in the world. i asked for a lot of help from each and everyone of you and i could not be more prouder -- so thank you very much.
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i came this far on the strength of thousands. we came this far on the strength of thousands. people all around the state who volunteered and gave it their all, our finance committee, all the volunteers. each and everyone of you in this room. i cannot have gone this far without each and everyone of you in this room. thank you very much for the gratitude that i have for each and everyone of you. it is really remarkable. i want to thank the campaign team. they did a great job with insurmountable odds. theyck

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